Yea or Nay? Chocolate Infused Balsamic Vinegar

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We’re continuing our Christmas idea list with a unique chocolate find.

Item of the day: Chocolate Infused Balsamic Vinegar from Italy, sells for @$20 here on Amazon.

 


I’m guessing today’s item is going to be cut and dry. Either it sounds delightful, or it sounds downright disgusting. Either way, let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

What’s the verdict?

Wrap it?

Trash it?

or…Keep it for yourself?

(As always, I’m not affiliated with any of these products).

 

Wrap it or Trash it? Instant Ice Cream Maker

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We’re continuing our Christmas idea list with this sweet culinary find.

Item of the day: Chef n’ Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker, sells for @$44  here on Amazon.

According to the item description, you simply freeze the bowl a day ahead of time, add ice cream ingredients and stir, and presto, homemade ice cream.

From the product description, “…Mix ingredients together and pour 1/2 cup into the Sweet Spot. Let sit for a few seconds to start freezing, then scrape and scoop to build a consistent texture.
Add toppings such as fruit, chocolate or nuts and fold into the mixture.
Makes six individual 1/2-cup servings in 30 minutes before the need to refreeze the Sweet Spot.”

 

 

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one!

Gift it?

Trash it?

or…Keep it for yourself?

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(Fyi, I’m not affiliated with any of these products).

But, I do love ice cream.😋

Pass or Present? Lindt Chocolate Advent Calendar

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The calendar may read November, but the Christmas race has already begun.

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Every year I try to convince myself that I’m going to get organized early and avoid the holiday bustle. But honestly, it never happens. I always end up behind schedule, especially when it comes to buying gifts.


The problem isn’t with procrastination. It’s more about decisiveness. I hate the idea of giving someone a gift just for the sake of it. I want the recipient to know that I was thinking about them. So, filtering through all of the products out there can be mind boggling.

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So this year, I’m seeking out advice from the experts…that’s you.


In the upcoming days, and weeks, I will be presenting lots of gift ideas.

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In the spirit of the blog, they will be directed towards chocoholics, bakers, foodies, mystery buffs, and book lovers.


The first item…

The Lindt Chocolate Advent Calendar: contains 31 chocolates

You can find it here.

So, how does this product rate?

Wrap it? 

Trash it?

or…Keep it for yourself?

(P.S. I have no affiliation with any of these products).


What dessert are you making for Thanksgiving?

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Decisions!

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and I have yet to decide on what I’m making for dessert. So, I’m tempting myself with my options.

Single layer?

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Lots of layers?

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Ice Cream?

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Or, Ice Cream Cake?

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Warm and dreamy?

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Cool and creamy?

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Chocolate fluffed?

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Chocolate stuffed?

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Chocolate covered?

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Chocolate Smothered?

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After viewing all of these pieces of chocolate heaven, the answer is clear.

I’ll make one of everything!

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(Thanksgiviving Day)

Husband: You know you have enough dessert here to feed 60 people.

Me: Well then,…I guess we’ll have leftovers.

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What dessert are you making (or eating) for Thanksgiving?

When should you tip?

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If you’re a chocoholic, chances are you frequent bakeries, donut shops, and coffee houses. More and more, counters are adorned with tip jars and cash register screens prompt your tip preference. These standard practices have stirred up some debate.


So, I want to know from you, fellow coffee guzzlers and chocolate consumers-

When should you tip?

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Obviously, if you are at a sit down restaurant, order a coffee, and somebody brings it to you, a tip for satisfactory service should be automatic.

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But, when you order that same cup at counter service, then it can get a bit tricky.

 

You dont tip the cashier for pouring and handing you a $1 cup at a fastfood chain, but, should you if you are ordering that same cup in a coffee house?

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Or, does it depend on your order? Say you’re ordering an upgraded coffee. One that requires more effort than just pouring your coffee.

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If so, do you tip the barista? Or, the cashier? Or, the other staff member that got your bagel for you? What if it was a dozen bagels? And they need to be sliced. And toasted!

Then there’s the doughnut server. That patient soul who waits as you pick out twelve different doughnuts? Which gets me thinking about the baker that got up in the wee hours of the morning to make these doughnuts fresh for you. And he didn’t even skimp on the Boston Cream filling.

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Some peple would argue that all of these employees are just doing their job. Others argue, that these people are providing a personal service and should be tipped accordingly.


I’m stuck in the middle. Mainly because two of my first jobs were waitress and cashier. As a waitress, (at a sit down restaurant), tips are your livelyhood. Back then, the paying rate was only $2+ an hour. Plus, you had to pay out a percentage of your sales to bussers, hosts, and bar staff. So, if you didn’t get tipped, you’d literally have to pay to wait on someone.

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Alternatively, my actual first job was cashier at a grocery store. Obviously, this job didn’t generate tips. Yet, technically being a cashier was providing a service for the customer. Bagging up groceries for safe transport home, negotiating sale prices that the customer swore they saw on a sign somewhere, and ringing up stacks of coupons. So then, is it different if a cashier rings up a dozen eggs and bags it, in comparison to a coffee house cashier who is ringing up a croissant and bagging it?

I’d love to hear your opinion on this one. What’s the proper tip etiquette in coffee houses, bakeries, and doughnut shops?

Final thought: 

At the end of the day, I encourage everybody to share the love, and show your appreciation for a job well done. Every hardworking employee deserves a kind gesture of gratitude for their service, whether you choose to acknowledge it in a monetary form, a verbal thank you, or even a complimentary smile. 

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Thirteen Chocolates

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Thirteen Chocolates is available on

Amazon.

Thirteen chocolates. Thirteen heirs. One stab at a decadent fortune.
Legendary chocolatier, Ulysses Chandler has died, leaving his historic Smoky mountain mansion and world-famous chocolate factory behind. Single mom, Anna Clementine, has left her minimum-wage waitress job to collect an inheritance from a man she never met.
The catch? There are twelve other heirs, with twelve outrageous personalities…and one of them doesn’t like to share.

Readers are invited to play along with this classic whodunit, where one by one, chapter by chapter, suspects and chocolates disappear.
Until, then there is one.
And it’s the killer.

Thirteen Chocolates has been described as a combination of “Agatha Christie and Willy Wonka”.

You can read the full review here. (Gabriel Constans)

“I loved this book!!!!!! It is kind of a different twist on mysteries.”

“I absolutely loved this book,funny ,scary,the kind you can’t put down.”

“A novel as sweet, satisfying, and surprising as a box of chocolates.”

“This was a very edge of the seat masterpiece, loved TESS laughed sooo hard at her!”

“If you thought Wonka was a trip then woo-wee, sugar, hold on to your pants for this jaw-dropping ride! A discovered heir and deadly contest with more sweets than even Augustus Gloop can eat!”

 

Thanks to everyone for their kind words and support!

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Read the book? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave your comments or start a conversation down below.

Yours in cocoa passion,❤️

Agatha Chocolats